Ash Urn

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Project by REO posted 10-03-2015 01:45 PM 1631 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was made of : sapele for the top and bottom, cherry for the vessel section and fumed eucalyptus for the columns.

I enjoy using the lathe for projects when I get a chance. For the top section of the piece I cut four pieces and then mounted them in pairs on the face plate to make the arches. then glued the mitered corners together with a plywood center section set in a rabit. and turned the recess for the vessel section. The recess in the bottom section was similarly turned. The fumed eucalyptus (man that stuff is hard!) was laminated from two 3/4” boards to finish of with 1 1/2” diameter turnings about 6 1/8” long. The vessel section is made of cherry.It started out as four pieces of cherry 6” x 10” x 2” thick with 45 degree edges on the corners to make a box. the box was mounted to the face plate and the interior and exterior were turned round. The finished size of the vessel section was 7 1/2” tall 8 1/2” OD with a 1/2” wall thickness. The top surface(to cover the plywood plug) was laminated with a sapele veneer. The edges were eased with a router and holes drilled in the ends of the columns and the facing corners of the top and base for dowels. Each piece was finished separately and then assembled with instant epoxy to complete.

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#1 posted 10-03-2015 02:55 PM

A very unique design,well done.


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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 03:36 PM

I love it.

I am stumped on the term of “fumed eucalyptus” what is that?

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 05:05 PM

About time you put a project up Roger. Add some of those other “in progress” pics I know you have of this urn. I see you’ve been on this web site for quite awhile and I never knew it. Put some of those other projects up I’ve seen on facebook. They deserve to be seen.

We need to get Craig to put his stuff up here too!

Catch ya later

Cousin Scott

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 05:09 PM


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#5 posted 10-04-2015 11:06 AM

LOL Scott Ive been raising cain in the turning section! I posted there first with the parts because this is for completed finished projects and not WIP’s. Nice to see you here! thanks to all for the comments!

Arlin, fuming is a process that uses ammonia as a gas to react with the tannin in the wood which causes it to turn black. The degree of how black is determined by how much tannin there is in the wood. This process can be done at home to a certain extent but commercially produced material is done in a vacuum chamber which will make it turn dark all the way through the board. I have real ebony the fumed eucalyptus was a deeper hue black and a little easier to cut. Oak because of the tannin content is one wood that is comonly fumed but there are many woods that have a tannin content that will give favorable results.

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